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Scott Beckerley
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I wear a number of “hats,” so to speak (covers my bald head well). I am an assistant manager at the SF store. I also manage the SF tasting bar and work sales as well. Working the sales floor allows me to explore different vineyards and regions. Luckily, there are opportunities at K&L to bounce around a lot. I’ve developed a preference for wines that are drier, more tart and more complex. Fruit bombs are not my thing like they were when I was, ahem, younger. I definitely prefer more terrior and wines that are “earthy,” particularly with some age on them. My advice? Trust yourself and try to keep track of what you have had that you like. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are supposed to like. Everyone has a different palate and that’s what makes this business interesting.


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Ragnaud Sabourin K&L Exclusive Fontevieille #35 Cognac 750ml
Review Date: 8-20-2013
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Similiar in style to the No. 20 but, with more vanilla, richness and oak. This cognac also has the stone fruit and nectarine notes with a very, very long finish. Very smooth, and a cognac to linger over an enjoy by itself.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ragnaud Sabourin K&L Exclusive Reserve Speciale #20 Cognac 750ml
Review Date: 8-20-2013
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I just tried this fantastic cognac this morning. Better than cornflakes! It has a lovely, delicate nose of cinnamon, orange peel and apricot. Vanilla, caramel and stone fruit on the palate. Very feminine and a great contrast to the much more common heavy, sweet caramel cognac styles. Sip it, sip it, sip it. Great stuff!
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This is one of our richer styled Brut Rose champagnes. It has a lush nose of dark cherries, red fruit and rose petals. Full and rich on the palate with dark, red fruits and smokey notes. Rich and spicy, it will please nearly everyone.

Charles Heidsieck "Rosé Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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The first thing that is striking about this champagne is the light, almost orange colour that you see in the glass. Very, very attractive! On the nose, gobs of strawberry and blood orange scents. On the palate, strawberry, raspberry and cream. Lingering finish with good acidity.

2004 Perrier Jouët "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Remember those old "don't hate me because I am beautiful" commericals? Well, the Belle Epoque bottlings are kind of like that. Iconic in packaging and yes, beautiful. So beautiful that the contents inside the bottle often get overlooked. In the case of this 2004 release, we have a "beautiful" nose that is delicate with cream, white flowers and stone fruits. In the mouth, peach, green apple, ginger and lemon flavors. Very clean with ample minerality. Sometimes, the prom queen is beautiful inside and out.

2007 Aubry "Le Nombre d'Or Sable" Brut
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Most of you are familiar with our other former "Sable", now "Quartz" from Champagne Launois. This gorgeous effort from Aubry has four fathoms of pressure as opposed to the "normal" six. The result is a delicacy not often found in many champagnes. Well, it abounds here! This wine has a clean, clear nose that is very prefumed with floral notes and creamy scents. On the palate, this bubbly is clean with delicate citrus and mandarin orange flavors. Dry and delicate. This particular release is s blend of 30% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Gris and 30% Petit Neslier and Arbanne. All stainless steel fermentation. Disgorged June, 2012. Terry Theise brings us some of our most exciting champagnes and at our "Champagne Summit" on August 13th, this one was amongst one of the most exciting ones presented to us by Hiram Simon.

1999 Thiénot "Cuvée Alain Thiénot" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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An absolutely stunning effort composed of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. It has a wonderful nose of red fruits and freshly baked bread. Lush and mouthfilling with a fine bead, dark red fruits and a light savory note. Simply delicious. The Thienot champagnes were amongst the most interesting I tasted during our "Champagne Summit" on August 13th with about 75 other selecctions.

Thienot Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This uber-small producer has managed to produce a fine little Brut at a very affordable price. It is composed of 45% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 20% pinot meunier with up to 40 reserve wines used in the blend. It has a bright cherry nose with nice citrus notes. On the palate, rich and round and fairly dense with weighty red fruits. Nicely balanced with good acidity.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This is a great little champagne at a very affordable price! It has pear and ripe flavors on the nose with some cream, as well. On the palate, juicy and rich but, there are also ample mineral notes on the finish. Very, very nice at a really great price!
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Lime and green apple notes on the nose. Excellent acidity and cleanliness. Citrus flavors on the palate with lemon/lime, necatarine and some saline notes. A great wine to have with shellfish, whitefish and crab.

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Even though I am a bit of a Krug fiend, actually I'm very much a Krug fiend, I just love this Brut Rose! It has an elegant nose of rose petals, tart strawberries and white pepper. A bright forefront with raspberry fruit merges into a tart strawberry and spicebox flavors at the back of the palate. Absolutely lovely! Will make a great cellar addition for the next 4-5 years.

2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This newest release harkens back to the quality of the 1996 and 2000 vintage DP. A beautiful nose of white flowers, toasted almonds and cocoa. Much cleaner than the 2003 vintage, with clean citrus notes to balance the yellow apple and stone fruit palate. A very nice effort!

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This latest release from Laurent Perrier is a blend of the 1999, 2000 and 2003 vintages. It is rich with pear and stone fruits on the nose. Oon the palate, there is power and delicacy with more pear fruit, subtle peachy notes and citrus on the long finish. One of the bext examples of Grand Siecle that I have seen!

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 8-2-2013
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Loire buyer Eric Story has been doing his best to provide us with relatively inexpensive bubblies and in this case, he has come through. This little winner has bright red fruits, zippy acidity and a touch of minerality. Bright and refreshing. An added bonus is the tiny, tiny bubbles. Tiny bubbles, in the wine, make me happy, make me feel fine. Thank you, Don Ho!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne
Review Date: 11-1-2012
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This is one of my favorite Grand Marque houses and this particular champagne has great quality and is also a really good value. Toasty nose, with rich fruit. On the palate, golden apples and cream with a finish of bright, yet subtle, acidity. A really lovely champagne that works well on its own or with a meal.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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